Instructional Software & Services

Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is a free plug-in that allows users to view pdf files.

Audacity

Audacity is a full-featured audio editor for creating podcasts and/or other audio-based projects. The program is free and allows the user to record, edit, and playback multiple audio tracks. You can import sound files and combine them with other files or new recordings via microphone or line input.  Features include: easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete; unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps; very fast editing of large files; edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks; use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points; fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.  Note:  To export files in an .MP3 format, you must download and install LAME.  LAME is a companion program for Audacity. To export Audacity files in MP3 format for podcasting you must also download the LAME MP3 encoder. The first time you use the “Export as MP3” command, Audacity will ask you where the “lame_enc.dll” file is saved.

Camtasia

Camtasia is a great program for recording computer presentations. Camtasia includes a wide-variety of editing features to help the user develop a highly polished video that could be used more than one semester. Although Pensacola State College does not have a site license for Camtasia, the program is installed on the computers in the Faculty Media Center. There are also isolated installations on computers in some academic departments. The link below provides specific details about Camtasia.

Collaborative Learning Center (CLC)

The PSC Collaborative Learning Center is a classroom designed specifically for group activities. The room is located in the PSC Library (Pensacola Campus, Room 2068) and consists of six round tables, each with three workstations shared by six students. One (or all) of the three projectors can display the activity of any combination of the workstations to large screens mounted on each wall of the facility. Instructors who wish to use the room must call the eLearning Department at 850-484-1238 and make reservations in advance.

  • All users must follow the operational guidelines below:
  • No food or drink is allowed. (Exceptions may be made in cases where medically necessary. Also, the instructor may keep a bottle of water when lecturing.)
  • Full-time instructors and employees teaching in the room may request a key from their respective department head or supervisor.
  • Adjunct instructors must request access to the room from the eLearning Department between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When class is scheduled outside these hours, or in the unlikely event the eLearning Department is closed, access may be provided from folks at the Circulation Desk in the library.
  • All instructors using the room beyond library hours must make arrangements with Campus Police to have the room locked and the alarm set when class is over.

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Faculty Media Center

The PSC Faculty Media Center is located in the PSC Library (Pensacola Campus, Room 2054) and provides all faculty an environment in which they may work, free from distractions and in close proximity to the eLearning staff. The room is equipped with three workstations with dual monitors, scanners, and software that may not otherwise be available to instructors. Reservations are not required. Although, to ensure availability please contact the eLearning Department at 850-484-1238 (rhall@pensacolastate.edu) prior to your visit.

Jing

Jing is free software that allows you to snap a picture of your screen or record a short video (with audio) of on-screen action. You can then upload and share your screen captures with others. The program is published by the Techsmith, the same company that publishes Camtasia (see above). Click here for instructions.

Flash Player

Flash Player is a free plug-in that enables users to view and interact with dynamic web content.

Panopto

Panopto is a class capture/recording program. The program is like Camtasia is some ways, but does not contain the wide variety of editing features. For this reason, Panopto is best used for capturing class lectures that would be relevant to a particular class section/semester only. Pensacola State College has a site license for Panopto, and the program is easy to install and begin recording. Please contact the eLearning Department if you are interested in using Panopto. For general information about Panopto, check the link below:

Respondus

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing quizzes and surveys that can be published directly to your eLearning course. And because Pensacola State College has a site license, Respondus is freely available for you to download to your campus computer. As a companion to eLearning, Respondus can be used to build quizzes, create surveys, and expand question databases. Respondus can also import questions from a text file, such as a quiz created in Microsoft Word. After downloading, please contact the eLearning Department via email elearning@pensacolastate.edu or phone (850-484-1238) for licensing information. Click here for instructional videos.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications and/or files. Note, this software does not have to be installed on your computer. It is included here in case you want to download and view it from the student’s perspective. However, if you intend to require this tool, your students will need to download the program. Be sure to provide instructions and the link below to students well in advance of your scheduled test date. (Note, the program is free to students.) The LockDown Browser is already installed in most PSC computer labs, testing centers. Respondus Monitor is a service integrated with the LockDown Browser that monitors student activity during assessment. If you intend to require students to use Respondus Monitor, make sure they understand a webcam is required. The short video below provides an overview of how these two tools help ensure a secure testing environment.

StudyMate

StudyMate is an authoring tool that makes it easy to create Flash-based learning activities and games. Formats include Fact Cards, Pick-A-Letter, Fill in the Blank, Matching, Crosswords, and Glossaries. You can import items from MS Word and some publisher test banks, making it easy to create interesting, interactive activities from existing content. The activities you create can be saved to a CD-ROM, presented on any web server, or published directly to Canvas. Note that StudyMate is offered in two configurations: StudyMate “Author” is a program that is downloaded to a local computer. StudyMate “Class” is the same program but entirely web-based and supports a variety of mobile devices. After downloading, please contact the eLearning Department via email elearning@pensacolastate.edu or phone (850-484-1238) for licensing information. Click here for instructional videos.

Turnitin Feedback Studio

All PSC instructors have access to Turnitin Feedback Studio. This online service is designed to assist in the detection of plagiarism and provide a convenient and efficient venue for delivering feedback and grading narrative assignments. The videos listed below were prepared by the folks at Turnitin specifically for PSC.

Turnitin PeerMark

All PSC instructors have access to PeerMark. This online service is a peer review tool used in conjunction with Turnitin Feedback Studio that allows students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. The tutorials listed below were prepared by the folks at Turnitin specifically for PSC.